When you visit Oklahoma City, the capital of Oklahoma, on the Fourth of July or a few days before and after, you'll find no shortage of fun festivities. The Red, White & Boom event is one popular celebration. Other Independence Day options in the metro area include the Bethany Freedom Festival, The LibertyFest in Edmond, Freedom Fest in Yukon, Tribute to Liberty in Midwest City, the OKC 4th Fest near Bricktown, and A Celebration in the Heartland in Moore. These gatherings—all in the capital or within about 30 minutes of Oklahoma City—include fireworks, live music, parades, car shows, games, and more.
Many of these events have been altered or canceled in 2020. Check details below and event websites for more information.
This event has been canceled for 2020.
Early July brings the annual Red, White & Boom celebration to the State Fair Park located between Interstate 44 and North May Avenue. Featuring a free Oklahoma City Philharmonic concert followed by fireworks, it's a top place to spend the holiday in "The Big Friendly" city.
Red, White & Boom usually starts at 8:30 p.m. on July 3 and the fireworks take place at 10 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy food from the vendors on hand. Admission and parking are free.
The OKC 4th Fest is canceled for 2020.
The OKC 4th Fest offers visitors a chance to enjoy an active Independence Day, featuring a full day of things to do from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Boathouse District just south of the Bricktown entertainment district in Oklahoma City. Activities include renting kayaks, playing lawn games, whitewater rafting, climbing the SandRidge Sky Trail, surfing, and zipping across the Oklahoma River. Visitors can also enjoy a local DJ and food trucks. The fireworks start at 9:45 p.m. OKC 4th Fest is free, but there is a fee for parking.
Midwest City, the Oklahoma City community an approximately 15-minute drive from the city center, celebrates the holiday with an annual free Tribute to Liberty event.
The gathering on July 4, 2020, will be held at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, located near Reno Avenue and Douglas Boulevard. Midwest City will feature live music, yard games, sidewalk chalk, and photos with Captain America from 6 p.m. until the fireworks start at approximately 9:45 p.m. Guests may bring picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs. Food trucks will be selling various items as well.
This event has been canceled for 2020.
Typically running from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on July 4, the free annual Bethany Freedom Festival features one of the state's largest fireworks displays, which begins at approximately 9:55 p.m. The event takes place in Eldon Lyon Park in Bethany, around 20 minutes from Oklahoma City. Guests enjoy a parade, carnival and pony rides, a classic car show, inflatables, and live music. Plenty of food and shopping opportunities are available as well.
Admission is free, but there's a charge for ride tickets and games, and wristbands are needed for multiple carnival rides.
The LibertyFest in Edmond has been canceled for 2020.
Previously selected by CNN and USA Today as one of the top 10 places to be in the U.S. for the patriotic holiday, LibertyFest is a weeklong celebration in late June and early July. Many of the 10 LibertyFest events take place in downtown Edmond, an approximately 20-minute drive from Oklahoma City. With one of the state's biggest hometown parades and one of the largest fireworks displays in the area, it's an event not to be missed.
There is no charge for viewing the huge, 100-entry LibertyFest parade downtown, the outdoor concert at The University of Central Oklahoma, or the fireworks display at Hafer Park. Most other activities are free too. Expect a rodeo, a car show, KiteFest, the Road Rally scavenger hunt, and Festival ParkFest with carnival rides, food, and music—among other fun things to do. You can also enjoy the Taste of Edmond food festival usually held on the last Sunday in June; buy tickets (cheaper in advance) to sample food from various restaurants. Children 10 and younger get in for free.
On June 28, 2020, from 7 to 10 p.m., the community comes together for a fun night at the Family Freedom Fest. The free, all-ages gathering takes place at The Bridge Church in Mustang, a city located about a 20-minute drive from Oklahoma City.
Guests will enjoy live music by The Baker Family, an energetic bluegrass band. Food trucks will serve up everything from tacos and pasta to pie, root beer, and popsicles. Games and activities include bounce houses, watermelon-eating contest, a sack race, cornhole, horseshoes, wiffle ball, and more. The fun ends with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
The city of Yukon, around 25 minutes away from Oklahoma City by car, will celebrate Independence Day with a scaled-down version of its enormous Freedom Fest event in 2020.
On July 3, the free fun begins at 5:30 p.m. at Chisholm Trail Park, with live music until 8 p.m., followed by a tribute to veterans at 8:30 p.m. Fireworks go on at 10 p.m. Then on July 4, the Freedom Fest Car Show goes from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at City Park. That night, additional festivities continue at Chisholm Trail Park, including a live concert from 5:30 to 8 p.m., a fireworks show at 10 p.m., and more. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. You may purchase food and beverages onsite. Dogs are allowed on a leash.
A Celebration in the Heartland
A Celebration in the Heartland is planned for July 4, 2020, but is subject to change, so check the event website for updates.
This free outdoor festival attracts spectators from the town of Moore and the surrounding Oklahoma City metro communities. Moore is a roughly 25-minute drive from Oklahoma City.
Held at Buck Thomas Park, the all-day festivities include a car show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., live music from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 9:45 p.m., various food trucks, and children’s activities. There will also be arts and crafts vendors, a barrel train, helicopter rides (for $40 per person), wineries, and craft breweries to enjoy. Fireworks will be displayed at approximately 9:45 p.m.
Plenty of fun goes on at Blanchard's Independence Celebration on July 2, 2020, from 6 to 10 p.m. The event takes place at U.S. Highway 62 and Northeast 10th Street (behind Sonic Drive-In and ACE Hardware), which is approximately 30 minutes from Oklahoma City. The Blanchard Parks Department honors past and present military personnel at this special event, which will feature the band Banana Seat and the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band.
Young children can enjoy carnival rides and Inflatables, while the bigger kids can try out the helicopter rides. There will also be a petting zoo, games, and vendors. The big fireworks show set to music occurs at 10 p.m. with a celebratory theme "A Night at the Movies."